The Baker factor?After yesterday's stunning upset of Bill Dunn by Jason Mumpower for the Tennessee House Republican leadership, one name began to surface as the responsible party, and it was not a member of the House. The name: Ward Baker. Mr. Baker is an RNC bigwig (don't get me wrong here, I do not think working for or on behalf of the Republican National Committee is a bad thing on its face at all), and he was apparently seen on the Hill yesterday around the time that the votes were taken.
How much influence does Ward Baker have? Well, one poster over at Bill Hobbs' place accused the blogs of "protecting" Ward Baker. Another said in quite telling fashion:
I am not a big dog, but hear a lot on the Hill. The staff members all said, well Ward got what he wanted.
The actual version of things from two semi-anonymous posters:
I was on the Hill today.
The word was Ward Baker got what he wanted. I saw seven members go over to him after the vote. They all gave him a high five.
After the Casada vote almost the whole caucus looked over at Ward. He is best friends with Casada.
Now I like Glen Casada from an ideological viewpoint, but I don't like that kind of influence in our leadership process-especially if this is true:
I heard even the governor told people that Ward Baker must have put this together.
If Bredesen thinks Ward Baker is the reponsible party, and staffers on the Hill think that Ward Baker is responsible for this, it makes me wonder if yesterday's mysterious anonymous poster might have a very personal relationship with Mr. Baker indeed.
Labels: Tennessee politics